* Posts by Ken Moorhouse

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Brit smart meter biz blamed Apple's iPhone 7 launch for its late taxes

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Re: when someone calls, you answer the damn phone

HMRC were practising their planned response to a Hard Brexit on the days they happened to call.

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GitHub.com freezes up as techies race to fix dead data storage gear

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"fully consistent data"

It sounds like there's different versions of your data in the repository, and it's not guaranteed what version you will observe if you were to access it at present. The term, I believe, is "eventual consistency."

That's fine if you understand that limitation, but many won't even be aware that it can happen.

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Re: Cloud based services

The analogy I have for most of us is that Cloud is akin to asking NASA to organise your weekly shop.

The complexity of what goes on in the cloud is not relevant to the average I.T. user, and can still result in data loss/data corruption.

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Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio

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Re: A Microsoft insider told me...

Citation needed.

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Re: Twenty-five years of...

There are people using Outlook that can use it year in, year out, without problem. It's when the user happens to trigger one of the design flaws of Outlook is when the troubles begin. Going "oversize" was the most obvious of those triggers, but MS have now raised that bar, making it statistically less likely.

MS use the "foie gras" technique of storing messages in the repository. Only after the message has been stored is the user made aware that the message store has gone over size and special tools need to be applied to it in order for it to resume working - tools (provided by MS in lieu of a means to prevent the problem happening in the first instance) which can result in loss of data. Other mail clients check boundary conditions *before* inserting messages into the message repository.

Well-meaning malware-checkers can also interfere with Outlook's mode of operation. To ensure Outlook doesn't do anything naughty malware checkers monitor Outlook so tightly that loss of messages and freezing are common-place.

Though this isn't Outlook's fault per se, it is because of such things as the capability Outlook has of being able to be "driven" by third-party apps that cause malware checkers deep distrust of Outlook.

So by all means use Outlook, but complacency is bad: take regular backups of your PST's, and keep the PST size small.

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Re: What is Edge?

Something you will find on a Surface.

Soon they will be selling their Hardware in your local Corner Shop.

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Outside of Japan, Fujitsu KILLS the K5 cloud with 'immediate effect'

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Re: Hands up: who'd heard of it before this article?

Appropriate that its namesake (Gasherbrum 1) is also known as the Hidden Peak.

Hmm, K seems to not be the best prefix for a product/service. K7 was very high-performance, but ultimately led to the demise of Donald Campbell. Then there's K9, which implies dog (slow) performance.

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There will be no escape once Twilio snaps up SendGrid in $2bn deal

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SendGrid

For some reason my mind conjures up a picture of drains when I think of grids.

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Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: It's not rocket science.

Unfortunately it is not as simple as that. Simple as rocket science? Hmmm. If your infrastructure is well-engineered then you might have a bit of confidence in where you can put your trust, and plan accordingly.

With I.T. it's a bit difficult. Example's cited:-

External Hard Disks can be taken out by ransomware if they are plugged in at the wrong time (yom yom more data to chew). USB has its fair share of idiosyncracies too.

Disk images? Anyone who's seen The Fly will be able to imagine the principles of that storyline applied to the taking of Disk Images.

Cloud backup? One of my clients has got that, but they also have on-prem backups too. If your Cloud Backup gets infested with Ransomware please tell me how do you choose the last but one snapshot for bulk restoration of infected files?

Microsoft Backup: I remember Backup from DOS days, the format varied between versions and IIRC if for example you did a backup using 6.21 backup, you couldn't Restore it using the 6.22 version, and vice versa. (SETVER was a life-saver for those with the Wrong Version).

I played around with the Backup on W10 and within the space of ten minutes had managed to confuse the hell out of it.

"Before a major update". How do you know (we're talking W10 here), how do you know when the next major update is?

The fact is that you have to assume that there is no safe "baseline". In addition you have a constant stream of hackers testing your defences. The philosophy is to use a blend of techniques to safeguard your systems, but that will vary from company to company. There is no "one-size-fits-all" strategy.

Any rocket scientists here care to comment?

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Re: Also new in 1809, changes to Disk Cleanup Tool, now includes user directories.

Next on their list to include is your NAS...

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Re: It's UNDER the ANYKEY

Looks like you've been updated to the same version Bombastic Bob has been using.

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Testing

When Microsoft talk about "testing" they are talking about testing users patience - it has nothing at all to do with the testing of their products.

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Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works

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Re: "I'm an engineer"

Reminds me of an incident in a London Transport ticket office many year's ago where a bloke dumped a pile of shrapnel (1p's and 2p's) in the cash bowl to buy a tube ticket. The booking office clerk said "Sorry, I'm afraid that's not legal tender." The bloke then went into meltdown about how he was a lawyer and how he was going to sue London Transport. He even got his cheque book out to prove he had LLB after his name.

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Smart

to feel shame or remorse or to suffer in punishment or in return for something.

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Microsoft Windows 10 October update giving HP users BSOD

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Re: Again

If you're having team meetings, you should be running the Enterprise version of Windows which allows your IT department to plan their overtime. FTFY

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Pros & Cons of AutoUpdate

One problem is that if everyone gets the update at the same time then there can be a sudden spike of activity from customers having the same issue. I endeavour to respond to customer problems very quickly, but with a simultaneous roll-out it is impossible.

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Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: Do you really think that once C:\ gets full...

Think of a "word".

Two letters.

The first is an "A". The last is an "I".

MS are keen to try it out.

What better beta tester than a W10 user with a full hard drive?

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Next on their list to include is your NAS...

Oh dear. Seems that my comment in the other thread was a bit nearer to reality than I realised.

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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Re: But the holy potato give us the chip, the potato salad,...

...I have them in my socks. too...

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Oracle? On my server? I must have been hacked! *Penny drops* Oh sh-

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Re: Manchester windows

Haven't heard of that one.

The Geordie version was alreet...

http://www.jamesflack.com/jokes/jokewindaz.html

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Re: where Park Junction is, now?!

There used to be a lot more to the Northern Line than there is now. If you go to East Finchley, you may wonder why are there four platforms? The outer ones go underground to Highgate, the inner ones go to a set of sidings known as Park Junction, but they also continue on, via a short tunnel, to Highgate High Level, and to other parts of north London originally on the Underground map. Though the line is disused, the track removed, you can still legitimately walk sections of it.

I used to work in that short section of tunnel between Park Junction and Highgate High Level on the Holy Grail of Railway Signal Engineering - Block-Jointless Track Circuiting. Notches were cut into the track at measured intervals and wires inserted where we could attach our measuring instruments. Our "office" was on the station, but not the waiting room as the tocal Wiccas/Druids had commandeered that for their nightly rituals.

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Wake On LAN...

...has rescued quite a few situations of working remotely. Providing you can do the detective work finding out the MAC address of the pc that's fallen off its perch.

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Re: scavenging from signal boxes on the Northern line

Interesting you should comment about knitting and Northern line signal boxes - I believe one of the sigalmen at Park Junction (probably the sparsest box on the Underground for train movements) used to make tapestries in between signalling trains.

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Remember that lost memory stick from Heathrow Airport? The terrorist's wet dream? So does the ICO

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Re: The Queen

Was planning to go to Magaluf on the 27 Oct 18, but you've ruined her plans now.

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UK comms watchdog Ofcom pokes probe into Vodafone and EE over network coverage numbers

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Re: Warwickshire isn't SE England

Unless you are an Estate Agent.

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Re: Thankfully I only go there to play golf

Ah, that's where the problem is...

If the TLA's detect you're in a sandbox (where you're trying to outsmart them), then they will restrict your service.

Now if they knew your golf handicap they would know why you're in the sandbox. ONLY JOKING!

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Civil rights group Liberty walks out on British cops' database consultation

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Re: Some Observations ( a reply)

Is Liberty supposed to be a "pressure group"?

What would you do if the powers that be were to build a roundabout around your house (assuming you are a home-owner, and therefore having a strong vested interest in the outcome)?

My guess is that you would take every opportunity you could to be a thorn in the side of the planning process, until you had achieved your goal, whether that be them abandoning the proposal, or keeping you sweet with enough compensation to shut you up.

Having said that, many "thorn in the side" cases drag on for many years and the proposers often eventually get their way through dogged persistence, but at least you will stir up media attention and your views made known. In many instances it is a case of who runs out of money/steam first.

The pertinent question there is how Liberty is funded? If there are constraints on funding that is the real reason for withdrawal then they should be making the case for greater funding. What price do you put on liberty?

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UK ruling party's conference app editable by world+dog, blabs members' digits

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Re: we'd sometimes manually remove the last "/"

Difficult question to answer.

What do you do if you come home in the middle of the night and find your neighbour's front door wide open? (A situation I experienced many years ago). You could be praised (a) for shutting it (b) going in to check everything was ok (c) ignoring it. You could also be condemned (a) for shutting it (b) going in to check everything was ok (c) ignoring it. If you decide on (b) you will feel obliged to somehow document to a wider audience that this is what you're doing and that your intentions are honorable - yet a thief would probably do the same and retract the evidence once mission was accomplished.

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Re: off the shelf configure it yourself thing

The technology solution for the Ireland/Northern Ireland border will no doubt involve downloading something from Sourceforge. Unfortunately at the moment when you type in "Brexit" there are zero programs.

Hmm, I did a program a long time ago that printed out "Hello World", which strikes me as quite appropriate.

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'Incommunicado' Assange anoints new WikiLeaks editor in chief

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Re: installed a jamming device ????

Given that the device is reputedly in Pret, I would imagine said device is a knife (doubles as a buttering device too).

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Health insurer Bupa fined £175k after staffer tried to sell customer data on dark web souk

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Bupa's CRM system SWAN

They will find the data down the swan knee.

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One Project to rule them all: Microsoft plots end to Project Online while nervous Server looks on

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...but after that things are a little hazy.

Q. Do Microsoft eat their own dog-food?

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Many years ago (1975) I was involved with the changeover from Hounslow West to Hatton Cross as being the terminus for the Piccadilly Line. The chap that produced the Gantt chart for our side of the project (commissioning the Hatton Cross signalling system) showed us starting at 08:30 and going home at 16:15. It was gone midnight when we finally left the site. Couldn't grumble about the overtime earned though.

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Don't get THAT personal, says personalised cards firm Moonpig. Dick pics. They mean dick pics

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Did all this start...

...round about the start of the UKIP conference?

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Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond

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Re: If you moved one disk per second that would take ~10^31 years.

I guess that it will be a while before the service is back up again then.

(They should put something in the instructuons about asking Alexa difficult things invalidating the warranty).

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Yesterday someone asked Alexa...

... to calculate how long it would take to do the Tower of Hanoi puzzle with 128 disks.

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UKIP doubled price of condoms for sale at party conference

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UKIP doubled price of condoms for sale at party conference

Otherwise known as trade barriers.

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UKIP flogs latex love gloves: Because Brexit means Brexit

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Re: "People's Vote"

I'm all for that. The only problem is what the choices will be?

If that is designed by committee we may end up EITHER with a ballot paper with too many choices that will dilute the impact of the final result, or even yield a misleading result OR the wording on the possibilities may not be balanced enough to swing it in the direction that the electorate collectively wish for (being careful of my wording here - bias on the choices is counter productive).

One way or another the Polling Stations will have to start sharpening their pencils. As I see it, the only way there won't be any need for them is if May gets her way and she gets lauded as "the negotiator that brought the EU to its knees." She's not going to be allowed to do that due to the fact that this current uncertainty cannot be allowed to continue without having dire economic consequences.

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Re: jesters shoes

Never come across that one before

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She says...

"Wow! What a prick"

"Why, thank you"

"No, not you, that image on the wrapper"

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30-up: You know what? Those really weren't the days

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Re: programming in assembler you can't do without unconditional jumps

There were those annoying coders that would perform a JSR (jump to subroutine), pop the return address off the stack, pushing a different one on, then returning using RTS. Good for jump tables and for confusing disassemblers.

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Re: Sometimes you have just got to use goto

I've not used goto for many many many years. Last time I used it was using assembler language for 8080 and 6800 architectures, where for instance it was JNZ or BNE (respectively) for GOTO if not zero.

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...Delphi, now rated as one of the least popular...

Ooff, that hurt. Citation please.

If you're searching for the word "Delphi" then maybe, but what about XEx (where x is an integer in the range 1 to some Mersenne value) which is Delphi in essence, plus Lazarus.

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HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit

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A client of mine standardised on Brother Laser printers

When I was troubleshooting one of them one day I took out the toner cartridge from one and put it into another machine... standard troubleshooting technique to see if the problem is the printer or the cartridge.

I can't remember the exact circumstances now, but the outcome was a phone call to their support help desk to report either a dud cartridge or a printer that needed sevicing. When going through what I had done to reach the conclusion I had, I was told that I could not swap cartridges. Once a cartridge was in a machine it has something burned into it to say that it is tied to that particular machine, and will not work in any other machine. "Why?"

"Company policy sir."

On reporting this to my client they revoked their policy of buying Brother.

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Still using Skype? Good news! After HOURS of meetings, Microsoft reckons it knows when you're Not Active

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How about an "I can't get Skype to work at the moment" status?

Very easy to code...

IF installation_date(skype)<Now+one_hour then

I_cant_get_skype_to_work_at_the_moment_status:=True;

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